40 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

40 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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40 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 21 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 17 nights
train + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

21
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Minato Mirai 21 and Senso-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo National Museum and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), & more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), wander the streets of Ginza, identify plant and animal life at Hakone Shisseikaen, and explore the striking landscape at Oki no Shima.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo tour planner .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Tokyo is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 13 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Juan in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Tateyama, Mt. Iyogatake
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

17
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Visit Nijo-jo Castle and Mt. Kurama for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Takahama-cho (Shirahama Beach, Wakasa Wada Beach, & more), Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Mt. Wakakusa, & more) and Tsunekami Misaki (in Wakasa-cho). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tanoura Beach, appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Takahama-cho, Miyazu, Nara, Osaka, Kobe
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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